Jessica Mason developed an interest for dance in high school as a member of her school's nationally ranked varsity pom team. That interest eventually evolved into a passion, which helped her launch a professional dancing career that includes strutting as a Colorado Rapids cheerleader and a Denver Nuggets dancer. Today, she is the director of Studio 21 Dance, where she uses her 19 years of dance instruction experience to oversee a team of instructors with more than 75 years of combined dance instruction experience. The dance instructors, who've worked with prominent clients including Olympic athletes and So You Think You Can Dance participants, lead classes that cover dance styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop and belly dance. Students as young as 2 years old can partake in the classes, teaching their bodies how to bust a move or bust open an unsuspecting piñata.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Beth and Jim Trammell started 5280 Gymnastics to share their love of gymnastics with students young and old, novice and expert, casual and competitive. They assembled an elite team of coaches that trained Olympic gymnast Sasha Artemev and placed graduates on the gymnastics teams at Stanford University, into officer's education at West Point, and onto the diving team at Northwestern University. Under this refined tutelage, the two USA Gymnastics teams that regularly train within 5280's confines took home awards at regional, state, and national levels of competition.
The owners and coaches recognize that not everyone desires to train for peak levels of gymnastics competition, and so the range of classes encompasses plenty of other options, including casual, confidence-inspiring play for tots and free running and parkour classes for older students. During the summer, daily camps keep kids busy during sunny hours with athletic games and arts-and-crafts projects such as building a balance beam out of popsicle sticks.
Dancers can start as early as pre-school at Virtuosity Dance Centre, and regardless of their age or level of experience, they're in good hands with instructor Amanda Hill. HIll's background includes ranges from teaching toddlers to working with at-risk children. This studio's classes include ballet, jazz, and modern dance lessons. Students take more than choreography from these sessions, since the dance centre emphasizes holistic wellness. HIll, who has training in nutritional therapy, can also offer guidance in nutritional planning and developing a positive body image.
Most Popular Service: Competitive cheerleading teams
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: USASF-certified coaches
Pro Tip: Arrive five minutes prior to class. Wear tennis shoes and workout clothes.
First years are often tough for small businesses, but when Funky Find Boutique’s first birthday rolled around, it wasn’t shakily toddling around and covered in frosting. Instead, the boutique store was strutting proudly, fresh off a big win in Denver A-List’s 2012 Best Women's Accessories category. Olde Town Arvada and Copper Mountain Village locations won the favor of Denverites with their eclectic sweaters, cardigans, and jackets. Although the selection rotates constantly, unique jewelry and sequined handbags always can make a wardrobe more colorful or a tall robot with glowing eyes less terrifying.